Ellen DeGeneres Refuses To Let Kim Burrell On Her Show After Homophobic Video Emerges
That's a whole load of nope.
Popular TV talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that gospel singer Kim Burrell will NOT be welcome on her show later this week, despite being due to perform.
Kim Burrell, who was all set to sing alongside Pharrell Williams on the Ellen DeGeneres show, was captured preaching a sermon in her church in Houston, Texas last week that included homophobic comments.
“That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and has deceived many men and women, and it has caused a strain on the body of Christ,” she was filmed preaching.
The video circulated online, and on Saturday Pharrell Tweeted about hate speech, though he did not directly reference Kim. He said, “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice. My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 and beyond.”
To top it all off, Ellen ended all speculation of Kim’s appearance alongside Pharrell on her show this week. On Tuesday she Tweeted, “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.” Well, that’s that!
Ellen received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama himself late last year for coming out as a lesbian publically in 1997, shocking many and causing a huge dip in her career success for a while. As such a powerful public figure, Ellen has been a huge source of hope and inspiration for many in the LGBTQ+ community.
We’re just glad she’s still sticking up for acceptance, love and equality in every way she can.
P.S. Yes, we’re obsessed.